Information on Topical Antivirals and description medication
What is a topical antiviral?
A topical antiviral (e.g. Acyclovir) is a medicated antiviral cream used for treatment of herpes simplex virus infections of the skin, mucous membranes, mouth and genitalia. There are two types of herpes simplex infection. The type 1 Herpes Simplex causes infection in the mouth, mucous membrane, the eye and the brain. People who are immuno-compromised are also at risk of getting type 1 Herpes Simplex infection. The type 2 Herpes Simplex causes genital herpes and is transmitted sexually.
How does a topical antiviral function?
It helps to inhibit the reproduction or replication of virus in the cells as well as preventing tissue damage. The medication used cannot cure the disease, as the incidence of the herpes infection may recur.
Herpes, genital herpes - Topical Antivirals - Acyclovir, Zovirax